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Mar 22

California Divorce Process Step By Step

Divorce Process in California No couple seeks to end their marriage in divorce. However, it is important to protect yourself if you…

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Mar 19

Average Alimony Payment in California [2024 Updated]

Going through a divorce is not easy. The emotional strain and mental distress are bad enough, but you will also likely be…

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Mar 18

2024 How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce in California

Coming to the realization that your marriage has run its course and divorce is the only option left for you can be…

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Mar 17

Professions With the Highest Divorce Rate in California (2024)

Getting divorced is never easy. It is never something you expect when you decide to get married. It can feel like a…

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Mar 16

California Divorce Rate 2024 – Latest Statistics

Divorce is a potentially painful process that can impact a lot of lives. Not only does it affect the couple going through…

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Feb 15

2024 What Does a Family Lawyer Do In California?

In California, a family lawyer practices family law, a broad field of law that encompasses many different family-related situations that could arise.…

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Feb 14

2024 How Long Does a Divorce In California Take?

The length of time that a divorce in California takes can vary from six months to over a year. Every case is…

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Nov 24

2024 What Proof Do You Need for a Restraining Order in California?

A restraining order can help protect you from other individuals who are threatening or harassing you. If you need to get a…

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Oct 17

Average Child Support Payment in California 2024

California is ranked as the second most expensive state for child support, second only to Hawaii. This is primarily due to the…

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Oct 14

California Child Support Laws

Determining Child Support in California When determining child support in California, the two primary factors the court will consider is the income of…

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Jun 04

What Are the 5 Stages of Divorce in California? 2024

Most everyone who goes through a divorce has never done it before. That unfamiliarity can make it difficult to wrap your head…

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May 07

2024 How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost in California?

Choosing to divorce your spouse is a major decision that will affect every area of your life, especially your finances. The higher…

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Apr 05

California Common Law Marriage – Everything You Need to Know

Common Law Marriage in California 2024 Some couples prefer not to get married in a traditional way and instead act as if…

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Apr 04

2024 Domestic Partnership vs. Marriage in California- What Are the Differences?

Making the decision to commit your life to someone is an exciting and important decision. You are choosing to blend your life…

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Apr 04

California Legal Separation vs Divorce – What’s the Difference?

California couples looking to divorce or separate are likely already going through plenty of emotional and financial troubles. The couple may wish…

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Dec 15

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in California (2024) – What’s the Difference?

Divorce can be difficult to navigate, even under the best circumstances. The process of separating two lives takes a great deal of…

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Nov 13

California Father’s Rights (2024) — What Every Dad Should Know

As a state resident, knowing the laws surrounding fathers’ rights is important. After all, paternity tests are becoming increasingly accessible, and more…

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Sep 15

Is California a Community Property State? CA Community Property Law Explained

When couples in California decide to divorce, a common question that always comes up is how property will be divided between the…

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Aug 13

California Alimony Laws 2024 – All You Need to Know

Going through a divorce involves significant change. Everything from your living situation to your time with your children can be affected. Though…

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Nov 30

How to Prepare for Divorce: Organizing Information & Documents

The decision to divorce, and the process thereafter, is never easy. When you and your partner choose to divorce, the best way to…

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Oct 29

How to Prepare for Divorce: Building Your Support Team

No matter the reason behind it, divorce can be a harrowing process. Between the emotional distress, the legal mess, and the financial stress,…

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Sep 10

How Divorce Can Affect Your Business

Divorce can be challenging for any couple, no matter their circumstances. It can be particularly difficult if you own a business. Divorce…

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Aug 05

How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

Going to a child custody hearing can be unsettling and downright frightening. If this is your first experience with something of this…

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Jul 06

“Full Custody” & What That Means in a California Divorce

Many parents come into our law office with the request that they get “full custody” of their children in a divorce. In our…

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Jun 02

Divorce Under 30: Helpful Tips & Insight

It might seem unusual to be divorced before you hit the big 3-0, but you’re not alone. While it’s true that Americans…

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May 04

Southern CA Divorce: Who Gets What?

Who gets what? This is one of the most contested and complicated issues in any divorce. Whether you’re a typical working-class couple or have…

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Apr 14

Parental Alienation in California: What It Is & How to Prove It

No parent wants to see their relationship with their children suddenly begin to dissolve—especially if it’s for no apparent reason. It may…

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Mar 25

What Is The Average Length for a California Divorce?

How long will my divorce take? This is one of the most pressing questions for any person contemplating or currently going through a divorce.…

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Mar 02

Court Reverses Reimbursements Based on Separate Property Expenses

In this case, the Third District partially reversed a Sacramento County family court’s judgment. In this marital dissolution proceeding, Martha J. Nevai…

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Feb 23

Court Rules that Rejected Deed Made the Marital Home a Community Asset

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a San Diego County family court’s determination that a wife had “rejected” an interspousal transfer…

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Feb 16

Court Reconsiders Mother’s Argument for Beneficial Parental Relationship

In this case, the Sixth District reversed and remanded a Monterey County juvenile court’s order after a 366.26 hearing “with directions that…

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Feb 09

Court Finds Forced Sale of House Unenforceable

In this quiet title action, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County trial court that held that a trust deed a…

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Feb 05

Is Alimony for Life? California’s Fabled “10-Year Rule”

When it comes to divorce and alimony requirements, it’s often difficult to tell fact from fiction. You’ll receive information and guidance from friends, family, and co-workers—even…

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Jan 22

Divorce During COVID: Are More Marriages Really Ending?

Divorce is on the rise. Marriages are crumbling. These are the messages some media reports delivered in the early months of the COVID-19…

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Jan 13

Divorced Parents Find It Difficult to Resolve Problems in Isolation

For months of the pandemic, courts were closed, which left co-parents with difficult choices: would they have to mediate and resolve problems…

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Jan 06

Amendment to Family Law Code Targets “Coercive Control”

On September 29, SB 1141 was chaptered. It does the following: 1) Provides that disturbing the peace of the other party includes…

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Dec 30

Court Rules Husband Must Pay $60,000 in Child Support Arrears

This case involved the enforcement of a 2005 registration of a 2001 Minnesota court order for child support arrears. The Sixth District…

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Dec 23

Court Rules Conservatorship for Person with Autism Was Appropriate

In this case, decided on remand from the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Conservatorship of O.B. (2020) 9 Cal.5th 989, the…

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Dec 16

Mother Wins Custody on Appeal Due to Lower Court’s Mistake

In this case, the Second District reversed a Los Angeles County juvenile court’s summary denial of M’s petition under W&I Code §§388…

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Dec 11

How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take in California?

When a divorce is uncontested, it means that both parties agree to their separation and they can work together enough to get…

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Dec 09

Plaintiffs Win Default Judgement on Appeal Against “Off-Grid” Defendants

In this civil case, the Fourth District reversed an Orange Country trial court who granted the defendants’ motion to vacate a default…

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Dec 02

Court Reverses Child Support Order that Penalized Mother for Interference

In this case, the Fourth District partially reversed a San Diego County Commissioner’s child support order that attributed a nonexistent timeshare percentage…

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Nov 25

Father’s Decision-Making Power Over Daughter’s Healthcare Reinstated

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County juvenile court judge’s order terminating jurisdiction over the child, but vacated…

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Nov 18

Five Types of Spousal Support in California

Just like other states, California has a system of spousal support that divorcing couples must consider. Also known as alimony, spousal support is a…

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Nov 18

Court Dismisses Case At Defendant’s Request Due to Lack of Evidence

In this case, the Fourth District affirmed a Riverside County trial court’s grant of nonsuit. “About two months before trial was scheduled…

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Nov 11

Attorney Disqualified for Relation to Both Appellants

In this case, the Second District affirmed a Los Angeles County trial court’s order granting D’s motion to disqualify P’s attorney—who was…

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Nov 04

Father’s Parental Rights Restored After Loss Due to “Poverty”

In this case, the Fourth District reversed a Riverside County juvenile court judge’s order terminating a father’s parental rights. “This appeal poses…

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Oct 28

Widow Sues Late Husband’s Children Over Inheritance

In this case, “Frank Gomez and plaintiff Louise Gomez rekindled their love late in life, over 60 years after Frank broke off…

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Oct 21

Court Grants Petition Compelling Court to Grant Hearing Within 15 Days

In this case, the Second District granted a petition for a writ of mandate compelling the juvenile court to hold a section…

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Oct 14

How COVID-19 Affected a Restraining Order Appeal

In this case, the First District dismissed an appeal from two orders resulting from competing requests for civil harassment restraining orders. “Due…

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